If you were around in the 1960s and early 70s, chances are you were in love with the clothes from John Meyer of Norwich. In my little corner of the world, there were only two shops that carried John Meyer, and both of them were the best stores in town. Not every girl was lucky enough to own clothes from John Meyer, but the influence of the brand was huge, and one could buy cheaper versions of their beautiful heathery tweeds at places like Sears. As they say, imitation is the highest praise.
There is currently an exhibition showcasing John Meyer of Norwich at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut. Meyer’s daughter Elise’s collection of clothes from the family company along with photos and other items about the company make for a charming display, and a gives a good account of how many girls and young women were actually dressing in the period that is more associated with the mod look and then the hippie look.
You can see a slideshow of the exhibition on Elise’s blog. And look for an interview with her here in the near future.
The first two ads are from 1967; the last one is 1968. All can be enlarged by clicking.
And does anyone recognize the famous model?